Ping pong is a great way for you, your family, friends and coworkers to spend a long winter, rainy day or any spare time you might have. With a ping pong table, you have a game that brings people of all ages and skills together in a fun, competitive activity. Whether you are setting it up in your basement, office common area, your backyard or garage, there are a lot of options and factors for you to consider when buying a ping pong table of your own.
Considering the potential expense of a ping pong table, it is important that you go into your purchase with as much information as possible. In this article, after going over a few basics of ping pong tables in general, we will take a look at twenty-two different tables, giving our recommendations for the best indoor and outdoor table.
Choosing the Best Ping Pong Table
To begin our analysis, we will look at the different kinds of tables that are out there. First we will explain what to look for in indoor and outdoor tables. After that, we will look at four other aspects of tables that you will likely want to consider.
Indoor vs Outdoor Tables
Competitive ping pong is played on indoor tables, but on a calm, dry day ping pong can be played outdoors. While any ping pong table can be taken outdoors for a short period of time, the conditions outdoors require a table with certain specifications.
Outdoor tables are typically built sturdier, with galvanized steel undercarriages or out of concrete. This is to give the table weight against the wind. The playing surfaces are also made to be weatherproof, to prevent water damage and warping from the sun. As in general most outdoor tables tend to be more expensive than indoor tables, there are more economical models that are made with a thinner playing surface or materials that are more resilient against the elements.
As a rule of thumb, according to most experts, including Martin Hughes at allabouttabletennis.com it is best to only buy an outdoor table for when you know it will always be kept outdoors. Another factor is that any outdoor table is unlikely to last incredibly long, making it quite an investment.
Once you have determined whether you want to buy an outdoor table or an indoor table, there are a few basics you should think about when you make your purchase.
The first and most important criteria of your ping pong table purchase is going to be where you are going to put it. A regulation table is 9 feet long, 5 feet wide and 2 and a half feet high, with the net extending another six inches past both sides of the table and six inches above it. For comfortable play, Tiger Ping Pong recommends at least five feet behind each end and three feet to each side of open space for a regulation table for optimal experience. If you do not mind bumping into walls and furniture, you can work with a smaller space, within reason of course.
The other aspect of your playing space is if you can permanently have or want the table open. Most people will not be able to dedicate a room to a full time ping pong table. Being able to collapse your table to get it out of the way is a convenience that it is likely you will appreciate when the need arises.
Another factor in your purchase of a ping pong table is how much experience you or the other players have. If you are just starting out or will be around a lot of novice players, chances are that you will not get as much out of a higher end table beyond its likely quality construction and durability. In some cases though, those expensive, high-performance tables do not last any longer than a cheaper table.
If your purchase is for a community room or office, you will obviously want to consider durability over performance. As a rule, people do not take as good of care of items they do not personally own making a sturdier table that may not give as true of a bounce better in those situations.
Tying into experience, economics come into play when purchasing your table. Tables can be as cheap as a few hundred dollars all the way to over several thousand dollars for a premier table. Keep in mind your budget and do not feel that you have to go overboard. Get the table you can afford. Nothing is more frustrating than feeling like you spent money you did not want to spend, especially if that purchase turns out less than satisfactory.
Along with the standard dimensions, a regulation table is required to be made of one continuous piece of material, usually wood or some sort of derivative. If you are planning on playing tournament level games, this will be a consideration, but more likely than not, you are just looking for a table for the rec room, meaning that you can go with a table that folds up for storage if needed.
Another specification of a tournament-level table is that a ball bounces over nine inches when dropped from a foot over the table. For many tables, one easy measure of quality can be how close it comes to matching this standard. When factoring in budget and the level of play expected on it, balancing performance with price and expectations can be of utmost importance.
Top Indoor Ping Pong Tables
Like mentioned in the above section, most likely you will be looking into buying an indoor table. There are still a wide variety of options available to you and in our opinion, these are the better indoor tables on the market.
Killerspin Revolution Table Tennis Table
A new upstart on the ping pong scene, Killerspin has quickly made itself a name through player endorsements and their aggressive work to grow the sport in the United States. The Revolution series is their tournament level table and combines exceptional performance, attention to detail and modern aesthetics for a great table at a reasonable price.
While the first thing you notice when looking at the Revolution is that with its steel arches supporting the playing surface, this table blend stability with a look that will draw people to your table. Along with this sturdiness, Killerspin’s 16-layer roller coated surface provides a great surface with limited glare and resists marking.
Compared to most tables in its class, the Revolution packs many of the same features, but at a lower price. More impressively, this ping pong table provides world class play at rec room prices. If there is a drawback to this table, it would probably be that it is not easy to move once it is set up.
JOOLA Inside Table Tennis Table
The JOOLA Inside Table is a great ping pong table for the beginning player or someone that needs a table that they can get out of the way easily. Priced below four hundred dollars, this ping pong table is ideal for the family or office that wants a table that they can get out of the way when not in use.
The Inside Table offers a professional-grade playing surface with its 5/8ths inch wood composite table surface supported by 1.5 inch steel legs that enable this table to be folded up to a compact size quickly when you need to store it. It also can if needed be turned into two free standing tables if needed for entertaining. This also makes the table easier to move as it can become two lighter sections as opposed to one heavy and potentially cumbersome table.
At this low of a price, even for a table meant to be a recreational table to go in your garage or basement, unfortunately many customers reported issues with its ability to hold up over time. But if looking for a great choice for those looking for a ping pong table that offers both flexibility and economy.
JOOLA Tour 1500 Indoor Table Tennis Table
For around one hundred dollars more than their Inside Table Tennis Table, the JOOLA Tour 1500 Table Tennis Table offers a tournament grade surface at only a slight bit more than your basic, entry-level tables. This makes it a great table for the serious player needing a table for personal practice.
At this price, you expect a table that can be folded up for storage when not in use, which the Tour 1500 does well. Its dual trolley system allows you to collapse each side of the table individually and move them out of the way as needed. As well, the casters allow each end of the table to be aligned as well as adjusted if playing on a floor that is uneven. The ease of movement enables you to move this table out of the way or convert the table into two separate tables if needed.
While this table is convenient to move if part of a multi-use room and ideal for practice, the low price does lead to problems with durability, as well as some noted issues with construction as some buyers reported bent supports or other parts coming out of the box. Even then, the Tour 1500 gives you a ping pong table that is convenient and wallet-friendly.
Sponeta Super Compact, 8-37 W Premium Indoor Table Tennis Table, ITTF Tournament Approved
Being ITTF Tournament approved, the Sponeta Super Compact 8-37 W Premium Indoor Table Tennis Table is on the higher end of the foldable tables in both price and quality. This ping pong table offers a lot of amenities for the money spent, making it a great table for those who want something that is on par with tournament-level tables but still offer some of the convenience of a foldable table.
One thing that truly stands out about the 8-37 W is how sturdy it is, especially for a table that folds up. Between its 1-inch thick chipboard table surface and its steel frame, it is hard to budge this table when it is open. Even with this weight though, the table can easily be folded for storage thanks to the gas pressure springs and a simple automatic click mechanism feature. These fold and lock the table with ease, and along with the swivel wheels enable one person to move and store this table.
As well as being an easy table to store, unlike many foldable tables, this table was made by Sponeta to be wheelchair accessible. While it is more expensive that most foldable tables, you are paying for a high-quality, amenity packed table.
STIGA Synergy Table Tennis Table
The STIGA Synergy Table Tennis Table, much like the rest of its Syngergy line, brings STIGA’s reputation of making quality, professional caliber ping pong equipment to the amateur player. The Synergy, while a little more expensive than most other tables considered to be entry-level tables, does provide a table great for the beginner than even a more experienced player can appreciate.
The Synergy, unlike most tables of its class has the markings on the table top silk screened instead of painted on, providing a completely flat and smooth table surface that is usually only found on more expensive tables. Coupling this with its 2 inch thick steel apron, the Synergy provides the true and consistent play that is expected of much more expensive tables.
There is also an attention to detail on this table which is unparalleled in its class. The legs themselves open automatically when unlocked, which can make setting up the table from storage much easier. As well, for safety, the corners of the table have protection which prevents injuries from sharp corners.
Viper Arlington Indoor Table Tennis Table
With its red accents on its frame underneath a black table, the Viper Arlington Indoor Table Tennis Table offers a pizzazz which makes it stands out from the class of entry-level tables. Priced close to the middle of tables meant for recreational or beginning players, beyond its looks, the Arlington offers what is good, although basic table.
Compared to many tables made to be folded for storage, the Arlington can be commended for its relatively small storage size. Between its thinner frame elements and its dual-trolley system, this table compacts to fit in a two foot-wide space. While the table did require a bit of gentleness when opening and closing, being able to fit it into a tighter space when stored was attractive, especially for those who were putting the table into a closet or tight space when not in use.
Beyond storage and looks, there is not much that really stands out for this table. It is a well made table that offers comparable quality of play to other tables at its price point.
Killerspin MyT5 Premium Table Tennis Table
The Killerspin MyT5 Premium Table Tennis Table offers tournament-level play in a table that folds for storage or practice capabilities. Much like many of Killerspin’s products, the pricing of the MyT5 compares favorably to other tables in its class. This ping pong table offers the same quality and features as tables that cost much more.
Between its color options and sturdy frame, the MyT5 is made to be the centerpiece of a game room for a long time. Its medium density 15mm fiberboard table top provides consistent, long-lasting play with a resilience found usually only in high-end tables. As well, this table folds for practice or storage quickly and with minimal hassle. Its solid steel frame is sturdy, yet light enough to allow easy movement on its eight casters.
The MyT5 much like the rest of the Killerspin offerings, is a leader of its class and an incredible value. For a price not much more than the higher-end of the entry-level ping pong tables, the MyT5 offers a level of play of a table nearly twice its price.
JOOLA Tour 1800 Indoor Table Tennis Table
A sturdy and economical offering, the JOOLA Tour 1800 Indoor Table Tennis Table is a ping pong table which offers a tournament quality table which can be stored with ease when needed. Its price places it clearly in the mid-range among portable tables, but it offers a few features that make it worth that price.
Like many mid-range tables, the Tour 1800 focuses on adjustability and quick set up and conversion. This ping pong table does this with independent adjustment on all four legs which allows you to compensate for an uneven floor. As well, the Tour 1800 has a double anti-tiliting feature, which prevents it from being lifted up by weight being placed on one end.
The 19 mm table medium density fiberboard top on this table ensures quality play, although it is prone to warping, especially in exposure to humidity or heat. Even with this concern, the Tour 1800 is a high-quality, but affordable foldable ping pong table.
STIGA InstaPlay Table Tennis Table
The STIGA InstaPlay Table Tennis Table is a ping pong table that offers STIGA quality in a dual-chassis table, making it very friendly for those who need to move their table for storage. While it is priced a little higher than similar tables, by being ready to play upon delivery and STIGA’s reputation for quality and attention to detail makes it a great choice.
The InstaPlay as its name implies is made for quick setup, which it manages with its easy to unlock safety latches. With one press the latch holding each side releases, but these latches are still solid enough to not unlatch on its own. This table is a great choice for those wanting a nice table they can bring out when needed quickly and simply.
Like other STIGA tables, the InstaPlay has many of the same safety features like corner protectors and locks that give STIGA’s its reputation for being a leader in ping pong tables and equipment. Even then, it is debatable that these little things justify the difference in price between this table and other starter-level tables.
STIGA Triumph Table Tennis Table
The Triumph is priced to be an entry-level table and for a basic table, it does its job. The playing surface provides a fairly consistent bounce for a lower-end table, although it has painted lines on the table instead of the screen printed lines of other STIGA tables. But considering that many high end tables have painted lines, this is really only a minor concern.
This ping pong table also had another issue that had to do with how it folded to become a practice table. The sides when folded do not fold parallel with the net, causing returns to not be true when practicing. But for a basic table that can get you started on ping pong, the Triumph is a good table that is fairly cheap.
STIGA STS 420 Table Tennis Table
The STIGA STS 420 Table Tennis Table is to give a great ping pong experience quickly, although at a higher-end price for a mobile table. Still, this is a tournament-level table that is built to last and it provides amenities that you will wonder how you did without once you have used them.
The STS 420 has a 1 inch thick tournament standard playing surface finished to have a smooth finish that will last for years, providing a solid bounce and years of enjoyment. Also impressive is the ball storage compartments built into the apron of each end to compliment STIGA’s 3D-moulded corner protectors which as mentioned on other models, protect from scratches and snags.
Even more impressive is that this table is shipped ready to play out of the box, just requiring a couple of bolts and putting in the leg levelers. Many purchasers did feel the price was a little off-putting, but they tended to change their opinion once they saw the quality and durability of this ping pong table.
STIGA Expert Roller Table Tennis Table
Their top mobile ping pong table, the STIGA Expert Roller Table Tennis Table features a price that might make some blanche. It is on the expensive side for a mobile table, but between the features of this table and STIGA’s reputation for high-quality ping pong goods, you easily get your money’s worth in this table.
Where this table rates really high in in its sturdiness, attributable to the Expert’s 2.5 by 1.5 inch steel legs. These legs support a one inch thick wood playing surface, finished smooth to provide a durable surface that will provide a consistent bounce for years. This table is built to take on hard shots and returns and not budge a millimeter.
While this table is likely a bit much for the person buying their first table. For those looking for a table that will withstand years of use and still play great, the STIGA Expert is a good choice.
Cornilleau Sport 500 Indoor Table Tennis Table
A unique look is the first thing you notice when looking at the Cornilleau Sport 500 Indoor Table Tennis Table. This ping pong table has an arched design to its legs and supports that is unique in the industry, especially in mobile tables.
The Sport 500 has a 7/8ths inch thick chipboard playing surface on top of these arcs, which gives its tables a solid energy return. As well, the DSI security system allows you to easily open and close this ping pong table and prevent accidents while stored. The table is easy to store and move with this consideration and ideal for the committed ping pong player who does not have the space for a table at all times.
The biggest drawback to the Sport 500 in most opinions is that it is priced a little higher than its equivalent tables on the market from other makers. Serious players will not see this as an issue, but those looking for a table for their family or the general player will probably not want to pay the premium for this table.
Our Choice For Best Indoor Ping Pong Table
Killerspin Revolution Table Tennis Table
As a rule of thumb, you do give up a little bit with any mobile ping pong table. But usually an ITTF approved table, meaning one that has one solid playing surface runs several thousand dollars. The Killerspin Revolution is the exception to this rule though, providing a high quality ping pong table at a price just slightly above that of the highest-end mobile tables.
The Revolution boasts a 22 millimeter thick medium density fiberboard, providing great bounce and rebound off its surface. This surface sits a top a steel arch support that not only provides a sturdy and unmovable base to the table, but also an attention getting item that will be the center of attention in any room.
While this ping pong table does command a permanent space for set up as it does not fold up for storage, if you can make the commitment to a table that is a permanent fixture, you will not regret buying the Killerspin Revolution.
Top Outdoor Ping Pong Tables On The Market
If you are looking for a table you plan on using outdoors, it is important to get a table rated for outdoor play as it will resist warping from sun and moisture as well as be better able to withstand wind. While your mobile indoor table has wheels, it does not mean that it will function for long as an outdoor table. With that in mind, here our the best outdoor tables in our opinion.
Prince Advantage Outdoor/Indoor Table Tennis Table
The Prince Advantage Table Tennis Table is a table made for both indoor or outdoor play. It is weather resistance of an outdoor table with the playability of an indoor table. Literally it is a table that can be used anywhere you have space for a ping pong table.
This is accomplished with Prince’s Compreg Technology. This technology uses specially treated high-density wood that both resists water while providing the true bounce of an indoor table. Many users pointed out that this table held up well in the face of the humidity of warmer southern states, which is not normal for a lot of wooden items.
If there is an issue with the Advantage table, it would be that the leg adjustments were prone to breakage according to several reviewers. This can be very troubling for outdoor use as a completely level surface proves hard to find and being able to make those adjustments are integral.
JOOLA Externa Outdoor Table Tennis Table
Made more explicitly for outdoor use, the JOOLA Externa Outdoor Table Tennis Table is made to be set up and left where you want it. With its fiberglass reinforced polyester table top, the Externa is made to withstand heat, frost, rain, snow, temperature changes and direct sunlight.
A concern with many outdoor tables though is how they play, especially in comparison to an indoor table. Much like many weatherproofed surfaces, there was a little bit of bounce lost because of the ball sliding as it strikes the table. But the Externa did not seem to lose bounce as many outdoor tables.
The sturdiness of this table makes it ideal for public spaces and could be used indoors, but considering that it costs nearly twice what even the best portable tables run and is not made to be moved and stored easily, that seems unadvisable.
Killerspin MyT Street Edition Outdoor Table Tennis Table
Killerspin’s MyT Street Edition Outdoor Table Tennis Table combines their attention to style with a functional and portable table. The two things that draw attention to this outdoor table are its light weight and edgy design.
The MyT Street Edition table because of its light weight is much more mobile than the typical outdoor use table. The entire table weighs 145 pounds and each side of the table separates for even easier movement of the table. The playing surface is a 1/6 inch thick aluminum and plastic blend that tends to play faster and with more spin than the typical table, even if it does not give the expect bounce.
At the same time, the weight of the MyT Street might be a drawback as well as it seems to be more of a table that you store in a shed and take outside when wanted rather than a table that can sit outside full time. It at least would be a table that you would want to get put up in the face of storms, although the frame and surface appear solid enough to take some substantial punishment.
Butterfly Sport Outdoor Rollaway
The most attractive feature of the Sport Outdoor Rollaway is the low profile of this table when stored, folding up to slightly more than two feet wide. This combined with its fairly light weight makes it an easy table to bring outside when the weather is agreeable. The playing surface is melamine resin, allowing for a light weight surface that plays closer to wood than most outdoor surfaces.
Like most other outdoor tables made for easy storage, this table is ideal for sun porches or being kept in a shed or garage and brought out when needed. This table can be used indoors easily as its price is comparable to mid-tier folding indoor tables.
JOOLA Nova Outdoor Table Tennis Table
As a lightweight mobile table, the JOOLA Nova Outdoor Table Tennis Table is another table suited for outdoor storage more than permanent outdoor setup. Even considering this, this ping pong table is more than capable of outside play at a price which is very wallet friendly.
The Nova Outdoor has a 30 millimeter steel tube frame and supports, making it more than able to handle what mother nature throws at it. Atop this frame sits a 6 millimeter thick aluminum and plastic composite surface that is resistant to both weather and the chipping that can occur with play.
Again, being a lighter table, it is doubtful that you will want to leave this table out when it is storming or windy, but fortunately the chassis of this table is wheeled in order to be moved easily if the need arose.
Stiga Outdoor Table Tennis Table – Vapor
The Stiga Vapor Outdoor Table Tennis Table is a foldable ping pong table which has been treated to withstand outdoor conditions. Its durable playing surface and frame are built to withstand a lot of use and can be a great table for the family to use for years.
The playing surface of the Vapor is an aluminum plastic surface that has been painted. This allows the surface to resist warping that would occur potentially with wooden tables left in the elements. It does not provide the same bounce as a wooden table and tends to play faster with shallower bounces.
Much like the other foldable outdoor tables, its lighter weight might not make it able to handle wind or other stormy conditions. But even then, the construction should be sturdy enough to not bend if flipped.
Cornilleau Sport 500M Outdoor Table Tennis Table
An innovative design highlights the Cornilleau Sport 500M Outdoor Table Tennis Table as its curved supports and legs give it a distinctive look that also provides strong support. This ping pong table is more expensive than most other mobile outdoor tables, but for that money you get an incredible table.
The intelligent design of the Sport 500M is not just limited to its frame though. The table top is a 7 millimeter thick resin laminate surface which is coated with a special MATTOP finish that enables it to play like a thicker wooden surface, but still resist outdoor conditions.
This table may not be tournament certified, but many reviewers commented on how close this table played to a conventional tournament surface that might be good enough for the rec room.
Cornilleau Sport 250S Outdoor Table Tennis Table
The Cornilleau Sport 250S Outdoor Table Tennis Table provides much of the same innovations and smart design of the Sport 500M, but with a slightly friendlier price. Much like the Sport 500M, it is a sturdy and easy to move ping pong table.
The playing surface is a 5 millimeter laminate resin with a MATTOP finish, giving a decent bounce without the ball skidding of some outdoor surfaces. The frame is not as robust or curved as the 500M, but is still quite sturdy as it still uses galvanized steel that combines light weight and strength. As well, this table sets up and stores quickly, as well as easy to roll on grass.
The Sport 250S is a great outdoor table and while more expensive than the tables that rely on an aluminum and plastic table top, the quality of play on this table makes it worth it if you are looking for an outdoor table.
Cornilleau Pro 510 Outdoor Stationary Table Tennis Table
Made to be a permanent outdoor fixture, the Cornilleau Pro 510 Outdoor Stationary Table Tennis Table is made to be set up and played year round. It has the same innovative design behind it that other Cornilleau ping pong tables have, but made to be set up and left one place.
The Pro 510 has a high quality 7 millimeter MATTOP finished resin laminate table top that withstands the weather, sunlight and glare as well as provide a nearly indoor quality play. As well, the table comes with a permanent, tamper-proof steel net and sits on a structural galvanized steel frame with includes feet ready to be secured to the ground.
While this ping pong table is more ideal for institutions, parks and campgrounds, this table is ideal for the homeowner looking for a permanent addition to their outdoor recreation.
Our Choice For Best Outdoor Ping Pong Table
Cornilleau Sport 500M Outdoor Table Tennis Table
The incredible thing about the Cornilleau Sport 500M Outdoor Table Tennis Table is just how much its users raved about its play. Because of its revolutionary resin table top and MATTOP finish, this ping pong table played like an indoor table without the sliding or loss of bounce that many outdoor tables suffer.
Along with this, enough cannot be said about the frame, which combines the efficiency of curves with the strength of steel to provide a light yet sturdy support to this table able to withstand the elements if left outside or easy enough to move quickly if needed.
But as mentioned before, not only does the Sport 500M play well, but this ping pong table looks impressive with its curved support beams giving it a contemporary, yet timeless look. In our opinion, this table is clearly the most complete outdoor ping pong table on the market.